When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, you may be getting some crazy, wild mood changes. Mood swings are due to rapidly increasing hormones in your body. Feel a little better knowing that it’s not just you?!
Constipation can also be a problem at around 10 weeks. This is compliments of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the bowel and intestine. As a result, it slows down the passage of food. When this happens, your body removes more water from your stools causing them to harden. Ensure that you’re drinking plenty of filtered water — around 2-3 litres per day. Avoid processed foods that have little water content, like bread, biscuits and other wheat products. Instead, opt for lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, protein and good fats (avocado, coconut oil, salmon, eggs and chia seeds).
A high fibre diet — sourced from fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than inflammation causing wheat and grain based cereals — will also help your digestive system. Wind and gas often increases in pregnancy. For some tips on reducing wind, read our article, Gas During Pregnancy – A Windy Problem.
If you’re still suffering from
all day morning sickness, hang in there! Most women find that morning sickness starts to ease off towards the end of the first trimester. You might like to try acupuncture to help ease your symptoms, as well as make sure you’re taking a good quality pre-natal vitamin every day. Your naturopath will be able to tell you the best one to take.
Unfortunately, some pregnant women find that nothing helps to ease their morning sickness, so it’s more of an endurance race to the end — whenever that is! On the other hand, those who don’t get any morning sickness often worry that they’re not really pregnant. So you can’t win either way, hehe!
10 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby can now make small un-coordinated movements. Fingers toes and joints are now fully developed and your baby even has fingernails and hair! The nervous system is starting to develop along with the large muscles and the digestive system.
Eye colour is now determined and the eyelids are fused shut until early in the third trimester, as the the irises develop. Your baby’s head is about half it’s body length!
If you’re 10 weeks pregnant, your baby measures approximately 3cms long and weighs around 4 grams.